The Old Windmill is a heritage-listed tower mill in Observatory Park adjacent to Wickham Park at 226 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was built in the 1820s by convict labour in the Moreton Bay penal settlement and is the oldest surviving building in Queensland. It is also known as Brisbane Observatory and Windmill Tower. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992. Today it is the centrepiece of Observatory Park and a lookout over parts of the Brisbane CBD.
The oldest convict-built structure surviving in Queensland, the windmill tower has accommodated a range of uses. Constructed in 1828 to process the wheat and corn crops of the Moreton Bay penal settlement, it had a treadmill attached for times when there was no wind but also as a tool for punishing convicts. The mill ceased grinding grain in 1845 and the treadmill was removed sometime before 1849. From 1855 the tower was reused as a signal station to communicate shipping news between the entrance of the Brisbane River and the town. Substantial renovations were made to it in 1861 including the installation of a time ball to assist in regulating clocks and watches. Twenty years later a cottage for the signalman was constructed to the immediate west of the tower, with a detached kitchen erected to the south two years after that. Both were later demolished. The windmill tower was used as a facility for early radio, telephony and television communications research from the 1920s and underwent substantial conservation work in the 1980s and 2009.
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Lev Koovshinoff | Mar 24, 2018
Wonderful piece of Brisbane's History. Amazing Beautiful city.
Eddy S Dharmadji | Sep 18, 2017
An interesting building probably with an i nteresting history however we were not able to find any information on the building and the site around the area. It is situated in a nice park.
Queensland Born | Mar 1, 2018
Nice place a must see
Anthony Simmonds | Mar 29, 2017
Interesting historical landmark in the middle of the city. Surrounding parkland is very pleasant and quiet.
Michael Klug | May 11, 2017
Best place to practice muay thai at lunchtime CBD
Chyan Phang | Jun 16, 2018
Constructed by convicts in the late 1820s, the Old Windmill Observatory is not just Brisbane's oldest building, but also the oldest windmill in existence in Australia. While historically significant, there's little to see beyond the structure (only ranked 115th out of 385 things to do on TripAdvisor). Nonetheless, I would suggest popping by as it is a short 15-minute walk from Queen Street Mall.
Jean Seah | Jun 22, 2018
Pretty cool mill with excellent views across to St Brigid's Red Hill.
Richard Reid | May 17, 2018
A nice place for a quiet sit in the presence of a key historical monument
J ley | Jun 11, 2018
Edward Park next to it! That's nice as well!
Jonny One Punch | Jul 23, 2018
Interesting building, can only take a photo of the the outside but it's a piece of history.
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